I prefer an Iced Tea and small Cheeseburger, but like the photo and others linked here.
Do you know The Triangle (f/k/a Triangle Square) in Costa Mesa? Yes, it’s called The Triangle now and it’s hoping to attract more guests than there ever was – I hope it does too, since the space has historically underperformed. I’m not sure why, since parking isn’t that bad.
New Restaurants and Bars are open and due to open this Saturday, April 20th — The Saddle Ranch Chop House and El Corazon de Costa Mesa to name just two. And I’m most excited to see a coming soon sign for Tavern Bowl. Things seem to be pointing upward for The Triangle.
I liked the colors of Triangle Square better, but perhaps it’s one of the ways The Triangle is hoping to capture more attention – And one should pay attention, and GO, since it is built and looks to be tasty and fun there. Be there or you’re a square. Success is wished to all by us!
Linked here is a video of a Carrabba’s Chef making their Beef Brasato, which is featured in one of Carrabba’s Italian Grill’s commercials. Though I’ve never been there, the dish Beef Brasato looks and sounds pretty good – It’s basically slow braised Short Ribs, Italian style.
Carrabba’s Beef Brasato RECIPE has the makings for a great dish… Wine, Beef, Fresh Herbs, Garlic, Onion, etc. All ingredients are pictured but not listed – If visually indecipherable (Olive Oil, Dried Sweet Marjoram, Crushed Tomatoes, Lemon Zest), the complete list is here.
Cut, dice, chop, crush and press the Garlic, Herbs and Vegetables.
Flour, Salt, Pepper and sear the Beef Short Ribs.
Sauté the Mirepoix.
Add Garlic, Red Wine, and return the seared Beef and add the remaining ingredients.
Apologies for the poorly seared Beef, pan wasn’t hot enough (a common story on The Bad).
Braise all covered together in the oven at 300° – 325° for 4 hours, until Beef will fall apart.
Serve over Rice or Risotto — It was flavorful, though I added too much Crushed Tomato.
I’d make it again or try it at the restaurant someday — The pics don’t validate it well.
The Dragons and Confetti Poppers were the best part of the parade.
Nearby in Chinatown, Sugar Cane was being pressed – As a kid, I remember a lot of Sugar Cane being sold on Olvera Street, but didn’t see any available whatsoever. I wonder why?!
The most expensive Ginseng we saw was $899.00 per pound — Wow.
And then we went to Philippe, The Original. It’s family owned and operated since 1908.
They claim to be the Home of the French Dip Sandwich and lines can be too long.
The lines are weird too — One line becomes ‘pick the best of several’ that lead to the counter.
Note it’s cash only — A French Dip Sandwich was once 35¢.
We both went with the Beef French Dip, though Philippe’s offers several Meat options.
Ours was with a Pickled Egg, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Lemonade and Iced Tea.
Okay, I’m sorry to say… It’s just okay. I’m not a fan of pre-dunk Bread. It makes the Sandwich soggy. I’d prefer to dip it with each bite. I’m told to have it with Philippe’s Mustard next time and wish I had it this day, since I’m not sure I want to stand in line for it again.
I’m happy to have tried it, which is good enough for now — We’ll see about next time.
Gone with remnants of wet Bread left behind.
The start of one side of Olvera Street (above).
Food and reflections of today (above) and yesterday (below).
The Kitchen at Avila Adobe, the oldest existing residence in Los Angeles.
The Dining Room — I wanted to sit and eat, again.
Another full day of food and fun together.
We’re forever in search of the ”this is the best one yet” Hamburger and heard good things about the Burgers at Café Beau Soleil and Crêperie at Fashion Island — So we went.
Its outdoor patio is across from Urban Outfitters.
Café Beau Soleil And Crêperie is so French — Even our waiter was French and looked familiar. It couldn’t be that I remembered him from France, since it’s been more than ten years since I’ve been there. No, I later remembered that he waited on me at Pescadou Bistro one time, another French restaurant in Newport Beach where you’ll find him working at night.
Toast with a Glass of Wine, but not with the one circled below — It’s 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Grigio, which probably doesn’t sound all that great in the first place, but since I like Chardonnay and my Mom (and Hamburger sharing partner) likes Pinot Grigio, we gave it a try.
And it might be the worst Wine I’d ever had — Not sure what’s up with it, but be warned.
Other than that, all was pleasant at the French Café on a beautiful day.
And we liked the Hamburger – It ranks high on our informal best Hamburger list.
We had the Le Burger with Caramelized Onions and Gruyere Cheese on a Brioche Bun and would get it again, with sure to be a better French Wine. Cheers to many other things, including the bitchen bracelet my Mom bought at Uno de 50 shortly before our relaxing lunch.
Where should we go next sweet Mom? Cheers to you!
It’s a Deep Fried Avocado Stuffed with Carne Asada. Have you heard of such a thing? Does it even sound good? Well… It’s now at Baja Blues near the Action Sports Arena at the Orange County Fair and a favorite of many, I’m told. I recently got to try it during a Fair Foodie Tour.
It’s not bad, but I discovered other preferences on the tour — Report posted on 07/28/12.
An all you can eat Korean surprise is at Moodaepo’s Korean BBQ Restaurant in Fullerton.
A surprise, because its exterior does it no justice – It’s a significant, stylish restaurant.
Look beyond the strip mall situation. It’s a whole new world inside.
Each prepares his/her food on a tabletop grill.
Pick your price, available meat(s) and grill and eat away, then order more if you want to.
Though there’s a lot of room, it gets crowded as many are already in the know.
A pitcher of Beer to accompany the experience. Hite, Hite, Hite, Hite — Gun Bae.
This evening featured an expert meat cutting demo that fascinated Food Bloggers and all.
Fast and precise — It was Impressive.
A grill (below) ready for your meat and Korean condiments to compliment all.
Other cooked dishes can be ordered — The Bulgogi below was sweet, tender and tasty.
Load your grill with all you can eat.
And don’t burn it, unless you like it that way.
In addition to Moodaepo’s large interior, the patio is quite sizeable and ready for events.
Moodaepo’s owner received an award from the city (I think) – Ask them about the specifics.
Congratulations seem deserving! Don’t let the outside detour you – It’s utterly in vogue.
It’s a neat place with nostalgic pieces of Korean culture on display to honor its origin.
I look forward to going back — Thank you.
I still have questions for my Grandpa, especially these days, and sure wish he was around to ask them. He was a Butcher for decades and a very special man. He lived past 90, so I’m thankful for that, but now must post the above chart for future Beef cut reference. Boo. Moo.
Enlarge chart for a better view — Do you know your Beef?
We like the price of Burgers and Wine at The Counter during Happy Hour.
Mini Cheeseburgers are $2 for two, featured Wine is $3 a Glass and Starters are 1/2 off.
The service is good at Westcliff Village in Newport Beach – Its operators run this location too.
We relished 2 Glasses of Wine, 4 Mini Cheeseburgers, a large plate of Parmesan French Fries with Rosemary (not pictured, blurry) and a Coke for $16.15 — That’s super and all was terrific.
Though the MENU is limited at In-N-Out Burger, their secret (up to you with what’s on hand), and Not-So-Secret MENU can seem unlimited. Forget the Double Double, opt for a 100 X 100. Can you imagine how long it would take in the drive-thru, which usually takes long enough?!
We set out for The Blue Beet (below) for Throwback Thursday, but unfortunately so did everyone else. The crowd in conjunction with a no-show Hostess and too narrow wait area sent us on a detour for peaceful dining — And we didn’t have to go far to find tranquil class at 21 Oceanfront (above). Both are walking distance from the Newport Beach Pier.
The unexpected surprise of the evening was the Prime Rib Slider at 21 Oceanfront. We thought it to be the best Prime Rib Sandwich each of us ever had. Unfortunately the photos didn’t do ‘em, or much of anything else justice this evening, as much as all was appreciated in person. We’re going back for more Prime Rib Sliders, $6 during Happy Hour.
Our hazy, gazy view of Newport waves from a 21 Oceanfront table – We toasted to it.
March is time for Corned Beef and Cabbage, and I always cook the Cabbage, Carrots and Potatoes on the side. No Potatoes were used this time, as I generally pick around them.
Why cook the vegetables on the side? Exhibit A (above), all the crap that ends up floating in the Broth, after the Corned Beef cooks in a Crock Pot (or Dutch Oven) for 10 hours.
Instead I strain and boil some of the Crock Pot Broth, and then cook the vegetables in it.
When the Corned Beef is ready to fall apart, I brown the vegetables in a little Olive Oil.
And then add the strained, lightly boiled Broth to the pan, cover it, and cook all until the vegetables are tender – It doesn’t take that long. Why would you cook them for 10 hours?
Finally, there is peace of mind knowing that nothing scary is hiding amongst the Cabbage.
Happy Leap Year — It’s a bizarre extra day every four years. I love Gary Larson.
Have you tried Chipotle’s Barbacoa Beef? I love it and created a copycat recipe. It may be the most viewed post on Nibbles of Tidbits — It’s a darn good recipe too. If you know the flavors, you’ll see. Our preparation starts by searing the Beef, then on to slow cooking to easily shred.
Though the above photo doessn’t look that appetizing, it’s tasty as all get out topped with Goat Cheese. It’s another copycat recipe that works — Houston’s Braised Red Cabbage.
Have you ever gone through the hassle of preparing Amish Friendhship Bread? When I did, I thought it was quite burdensome, but after tasting the finished product, I’d do it over and over again. It’s one of the best Breads I’ve had — Complex, flavorful, moist and magical.
I didn’t see the pictured Hamburger on Yelp’s Burger Blitz or anywhere else for that matter, but did see others I’ve tried and some I’ll need to try on their “Most Wanted Patties In Town” list. If you were to eat this monstrosity, you may turn into a Burger, as it probably weighs more than you. Do you think it’s possible for one to finish it? Do you think a giant fork would help? It likely wouldn’t matter, but an extra stomach (or two+) would surely be in order.
Filet Mignon with Cognac Sauce — Each Steak was cooked beautifully by The Turnip Rose Elite Catering. We recently attended a “Taste of Turnip Rose” at the Grand Newport Plaza and everything was over the top in the best ways possible. We were almost paralyzed by the quality and perfection of food, style, hospitality, service, detail and coolness. What an evening! Will you marry us? A full report of the event will soon be posted. Thank you for all.
We stumbled upon the best wedding venues in town — Celebrations and more.
One of the Best Happy Hours in town is at McCormick & Schmick’s Pilsner Room in Irvine. We’ve now tried almost everything on McCormick’s Happy Hour Menu and the $2.95 full size Cheeseburger and French Fries will always be a must. It’s filling, cheap and tasty.
We highlight it and supplement our previous post with Ceviche. It’s good too, though not as delicious as Mary Sue Milliken’s Ceviche had a couple days prior, but enjoyable in its edible bowl for $4.95. Their Happy Hour is generally between 4 – 7 PM. This day we practically killed ourselves trying to make the 7PM cut-off, then learned that HH is all night during Monday Night Football. Cool, we didn’t need to order everything at 6:55PM. It seems that Monday is a good day for some things.
We liked the Crow Burger Kitchen, whew. Pre Nibbles of Tidbits we ate and drank at The Crow Bar and Kitchen in Corona Del Mar and haven’t been back. Didn’t have the best experience at the time — Food was not as described and we didn’t like their touted Bloody Mary. We like unique, but tasty too. We had high hopes for their distinctive menu and may need to give it another try. We’ll definitely go back to Crow Burger Kitchen for the Green Bean Fries.
It’s a limited menu at Crow Burger Kitchen — Mostly Burgers, matchless Fries and Beer.
We had the Cheeseburger Cheeseburger Cheeseburger, which includes Black Pepper Cheese, Cream Cheese and Goat Cheese. It’s rich but good and comes on a Wheat English Muffin, but we opted for a Buttermilk Bun. And a friend previously had the Green Label Burger, which was described as “excellent” – It’s 3 ounces larger than their other Burgers.
All Burger meat is fresh and ground in-house and we love the Fry Sauce selection.
And must also mention that the service at Crow Burger Kitchen was outstanding this day. We will be sure to try The Crow Bar in CDM again, as they must be doing something right – We’ll just have to find and eat [it] next time. Caw, caw.
Fancy Smancy or Schmancy who cares, it’s not really a word anyway — This story is most likely played, but it’s still September so the floor is mine. Available this month only is the Fancy Smancy Steakhouse Burger at Hof’s Hut. Have you read about it yet? You can here.
This is our first time purchasing it at the restaurant after having it at the photo shoot.
It’s a splendid tasting Burger too — Hof’s Hut does a great job with it.
Try it before September 30th.
I once lived in the LBC, Belmont Shore to be exact, walking distance from a Hof’s Hut Restaurant & Bakery, now a Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, a new favorite, and I worked across the street from the view above. Will always have a special place for Long Beach, near most of the remaining Hof’s. Read about the Burger Contest – Long Beach Post quotes me.
I didn’t order the hit on table tent inserts at Hof’s Hut, but appreciate having one with my name on it. For the record, my parent’s friends actually asked if they could take it. I should’ve photographed it instead of scanned it — It’s hard to read, despite its wannabe size progression. Only 15 more days to get the Fancy Smancy Steakhouse Burger at Hof’s Hut. Still celebrating…